We've only got ONE WEEKEND LEFT to finish the necessary boat projects and be ready to cast the lines and head for Astoria. Ten days from today, we will be leaving our home slip in Portland Oregon, the only home we've known since moving into our 40-foot sailboat over two and a half years ago. … Continue reading 10 Days Until Cast Off
We decided to replace our lifelines from the standard wire or cable lifelines (ours were coated in plastic) to Dyneema synthetic lifelines. I had already done several different projects that helped me learn how to splice Dyneema line, so this seemed like it would be a good option for us and fairly easy to apply. … Continue reading Replacing Standard Cable Lifelines with Dyneema Synthetic Lifelines on a Cruising Sailboat
Quick post, but I wanted to share our liferaft plan for our trip north from Portland Oregon up to the Puget Sound. Because we're planning to be in the Puget Sound area for the next 2-3 years, we didn't want to purchase a new liferaft right now. We want to extend out the timeframe that … Continue reading Renting a Liferaft for Our Offshore Passage
Last summer, when we had to concede the goal of leaving Portland in August, we sat on the beach, determined to enjoy the day and not wallow in self-pity that we weren't going yet. But, that day, we set our date. We promised ourselves that we would do everything that we needed to do in … Continue reading The Countdown is On! One Month to Go..